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Measure H has edged to within just a handful of votes of passage, according to just-posted results on the Registrar of Voters’ website. With nearly all the county’s absentee walk-in ballots counted, it now stands at 66.65 percent, or 10,905 votes for, to 33.35 percent, or 5,456 against, meaning just seven votes separate victory and defeat. The measure needs a 66.67 percent “yes” vote to pass.

Election workers still have “a few dozen” damaged absentee ballots left to count (ballots soiled by food, torn, etc), registrar’s spokesman Guy Ashley said. They will next turn their attention to some 6,500 provisional ballots that were cast countywide, which Ashley said should be counted by the middle of next week.

Provisionals are cast in local elections when someone’s name is not on the official roster of voters and their eligibility to vote cannot be verified on election day; or if a voter moved within the county but didn’t re-register to vote; or if the voter requested an absentee ballot but didn’t turn it in.

And before you get your hopes up that this will all be over soon, there’s a chance we may be looking at a recount after the votes are counted and certified. A spokesperson for the Yes on H campaign said it is still considering its options and could make a decision early next week. But the measure’s chief public opponent, Tom Pavletic told The Island he will ask the county for a recount if Measure H passes.

According to the elections code, any voter can ask for a recount. They’ve got five days after the votes are certified by the county to do it,and the county has up to a week to start the recount once it has been requested. The requester has to pay for the recount – unless the vote tally changes in their favor, if I read the elections code right.

More to come …

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